2017
1881 Napa

Merlot
Description

The cherished Napa Valley landscape is planted to 47,000 acres of wine grapes and segmented into 16 district AVA’s, each lauded for their unique and diverse terroir. Ranging from cool, coastal influences to warmer temperatures, mountainous terrain to valley floor, clay soil to volcanic rock, the Napa Valley American
Viticulture Areas are truly remarkable. The wines of 1881 Napa honor the rich history, legacy and heritage of this world-famous winegrowing region from its district wines to select wines blended with fruit from across the valley to create the ideal expression of a Napa Valley wine.

Tasting Notes
Aroma: 

This 2016 Napa Valley Merlot opens with cocoa notes and a touch of red fruit aromas.

Palate: 

 Dark chocolate, espresso and bright Bing cherry notes complement the earthy characteristics of this wine. Fine-grained tannins and balanced acidity lead to a lingering finish.

Winemaking
Vintage Notes: 

The 2017 vintage across California was a near-perfect growing season. A mild winter and spring led to a steady mild July and August, followed by warm days at the end of the season allowing the grapes to achieve their perfect ripeness. With warm days and cool nights in the summer, grape growers were able to maintain ideal acid levels with balanced, concentrated fruit flavors.

Tech Notes
  • Appellation: Napa Valley
  • Varietals:
    • 87% Merlot
    • 11% Petit Verdot
    • 2% Cabernet Sauvignon
  • Alcohol: 14.5%
  • pH: 3.63
  • TA: 5.87g/L
  • Ageing:
    •   20 Months
    • 100% French oak 
    • 40% New 
Pairs Well With
Meats & Fish:
Grilled Spiced Lamb Chops
Cheese & Nuts:
Medium cheeses. Goat cheese
Sauces:
Classic Italian Red Sauce Pastas
Grains:
White rice dishes
SKU:
EIMEN173
$50